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I'll Tell You a Secret: a Memory of Seven Summers

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“Memory opens for me through my body. I slip back because I catch a smell, hear a sound, or hold an evocative flavour on my tongue. But these single-sense glimpses of or gusts from the past are often fleeting. More compelling for me, more total, is when my whole body, the entire surface of my skin, and my muscles’ movements connect me to my old self. Especially it is the m ...more
Hardcover, 248 pages
Published September 7th 2004 by McClelland & Stewart (first published 2004)
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Katie
Apr 06, 2016 Katie rated it liked it
Shelves: 2004, women-writers
I read this in a pre-publication copy, passed on to me by my daughter, who got it from a panelist for the Governor-General's award. A memoir of the author's friendship with Hugh MacLennan, himself a winner of the G-G's award for The Precipice and The Watch That Ends the Night.

Estrellada's comment: "It's sort of early twenties-ish navel gazing, but well done navel gazing. While there are rose-coloured glasses involved, I'm sure, they don't completely obscure the view."

And mine: As a former reside
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Margreet Heer
Sep 05, 2014 Margreet Heer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Formidable, is the word that sprang to mind after reading this book.
The young girl (the author herself) enters into a friendship with a formidable man, full of unspoken, fierce emotions.
The girl is formidable herself, often commenting on adult exasperation regarding her "famous unbendable will".
The author is formidable, subtly present in the book as a thoughtful narrator, picking apart fragile shreds of memory and psychology.

And the book itself is formidable, a tremendous feat, transcending my c
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Barbara
Feb 17, 2013 Barbara rated it it was amazing
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I read this book several years ago and could not put it down. I have kept the book as I know I will read it again. I have lent it out over the years but always with the request that the book comes back to me.
It is Anne Coleman's coming of age book. A memoir that doesn't leave you. Turning the last page you don't want it to end...you want to know what happens to Anne in her later years but I think that is the magic of this book....maybe you are not supposed to know...maybe just leaving the story
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Aug 18, 2010 Liz rated it it was amazing
I stayed up late last night to read this book in one go. It's wonderfully written and just the kind of story I was looking for at the time, I really enjoyed it.
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Fabulous writing. Loved this book. So well written, spare, precise, insightful. Wonderfl book.
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